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Caligula and Messalina (1981)

Caligula et Messaline (original title)
The seductive Messalina (Betty Roland) will stop at nothing to become the most powerful woman in Rome. Gaining the attention of the Emperor Caligula (Gino Turini), she soon finds herself at... See full summary »


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Antonio Passalia (as Anthony Pass)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Brajovic Vladimir Brajovic ... Caligula
Betty Roland Betty Roland ... Messalina
Françoise Blanchard ... Agrippina
Raul Cabrera Raul Cabrera ... Silius
Gino Turini Gino Turini ... (as John Turner)
Angelo Arquilla Angelo Arquilla
Piotr Stanislas Piotr Stanislas ... Caliste
Vincent Lo Monaco Vincent Lo Monaco
Fanny Magier Fanny Magier ... Messalina's Mother
Laurence Lovall Laurence Lovall
Antonio Passalia Antonio Passalia ... Claudius (as Anthony Pass)
Dominique Irissou Dominique Irissou
Marie-Noëlle Arnoult Marie-Noëlle Arnoult
Silvie Dezabauneix Silvie Dezabauneix
Kathy Sadik Kathy Sadik ... Merope


The seductive Messalina (Betty Roland) will stop at nothing to become the most powerful woman in Rome. Gaining the attention of the Emperor Caligula (Gino Turini), she soon finds herself at loggerheads with Agrippina (Francoise Blanchard) who has successfully plotted Caligula's downfall and is maneuvering her son Nero to become next Emperor of Rome. However Messalina is one step ahead and jumps into bed with Claudius (Vladimir Brajovic). But when Messalina becomes pregnant and it's clear that Claudius isn't the father, Agrippina seizes this as her opportunity to finally see Messalina treated as a mere slut of Rome. Written by lament

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Release Date:

21 July 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Caligula's Perversions See more »

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Italfrance Films See more »
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Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

This co-production has two different language versions, with some scenes shot differently but with basically the same cast. The Italian version runs 111 minutes, and has less nudity; the French version runs 96 minutes, and has more nudity. The film has known a number of different cuts in various countries. See more »


Edited from The Beast (1975) See more »


Ouverture pour une Reine
Written by Albert Minski and Ted Scotto
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Published by Toy Musique, Paris
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This movie is bad even for an exploitation film
21 October 2009 | by PeterRoederSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie, and I cannot believe how poor it was even for an exploitation film. I am not familiar with the accurate history of the real Caligula but it could not have been anything like in this movie. Of course, that's not necessary in an exploitation film but in this case it is just too stupid. Their seems to have been absolutely no research into the actual life in Rome at that time. Moreover, the sex scenes are really poor. Maybe with one or two erotic moments, and with one or two attractive females. The torture scenes are just terrible and depressing. At least a movie like "Hostel" portrays torture in a more interesting fashion - there is something about the early exploitation films that make you want to scream out in boredom at the stupid torture scenes. All things considered, this is a horrible movie which should never have been made. I feel the same about movies about torture in the Holocaust. Movies like that are simply dangerous to the mind, and a complete waste of time and life. It is difficult to prove that movies like that are actually damaging to the mind, and I don't mean it in any moral sense, but we all know that movies like that are absolute trash, and that we would be better off watching something interesting. I bought Caligula because I thought it might be good but it wasn't. I think, the Druuna comic book series is excellent. But this Caligula film doesn't deliver anything other than negative and stupid stuff.

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